Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 13

Face Off (9 Oct. 2011)

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Jesse is brought to the FBI for questioning on his knowledge of Ricin. In a last effort to kill Gus, Walt must ask for help from an old enemy.



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Having failed to blow up Gus Fring's car, Walt has to come up with a new plan. Unable to find Saul Goodman, he turns to a surprising source to help him out. Jesse meanwhile is taken in for questioning by the police who want to know how and why he told doctors that Brock was poisoned with ricin. Still under DEA protection in his home, Hank learns that former Cartel member Hector Salamanca is at the DEA office but will only speak to Hank. When Hank goes to the office, Salamanca has little of use to say. Written by garykmcd

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Rebecca Simmons, Walt's neighbor, is played by Vince Gilligan's mother, Gail. See more »


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"I won."
28 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Breaking Bad is the best show ever. Period. "Face Off" is the best episode of Breaking Bad...yet.

This episode was set-up for excellence, and it truly delivered. Although the first part of season four was weak, it quickly turned around and gave six or seven straight great episodes, getting better and better as they went along. And things were getting heated up in ABQ.

Unlike previous great episodes of Breaking Bad such as "Phoenix," "One Minute," "Half Measure," and "Full Measure," in which their great ending scenes that made them great overshadowed the rest of the episode that we don't even remember what else happened...well, lets just say "Face Off" is the exact opposite. Every scene of "Face Off" is great, intense, and heart-pounding, each better than the last until the final cliffhanger that gives us a glimpse of just how bad Walt is breaking.

Every thing about this episode was so great. The acting was outstanding by everyone. Each cast member that was on the screen for more than five minutes deserves an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and even an Oscar. Some of the best acting I've seen in one of the best acted shows out there. The writing was probably the strongest yet. The dialog was absolutely amazing with some of the best lines of the series, and the way the story played out and everything came together in the end was truly amazing. The directing was also outstanding, creating suspense and heart-pounding, dramatic moments at every second. All of these things and more made every second of this episode...well, I think I've already used all the words that mean great or amazing.

I'll try not to spoil anything...

Probably the best part of this episode is that we finally got to see all of these things that have been anticipated for the entire season, and then some. With a very dramatic and intense back-and-forth face off between Walt and Gus for most of this season, its great to see it all come down to this, in which one of them wins in a scene that truly gives a new meaning to "Face Off." The concluding scenes are great too, which just tie up some loose ends that we all want to see. I feel like I'm repeating myself, so I'm just gonna try to wrap this up before I spoil the entire episode or go on for too along about how good it is.

So overall, if you aren't even a Breaking Bad fan...or if you didn't even usually watch TV shows....or if you have eyes and should watch the 46 minutes of "Face Off" that are the closest thing we have to perfection.


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